Earlier this year, I had a lupus flare that made it very difficult to keep up with work and life. Normally, I try to journal a little about how I feel each day during a flare, but pain and swelling in my hands made that pretty difficult, especially after typing all day at work. So, I created a simple tracker for my bullet journal that lets me easily keep an eye on the most important stuff when writing in paragraph format just feels too overwhelming.
I’d love to share this tracker with you in three formats, downloadable below!
- Bullet Journal layout
- Printable A5 (half-sheet) Planner format
- Printable Happy Planner Mini format
This tracker is meant to be very easy to use, and I’ve left some room for you to add additional symptoms, events or activities that you want to keep track of. I’m looking forward to having a full 12 months to reflect on at the end of the year and I also think it will be very helpful to share with my doctor.
Pain and Fatigue plotter
I started by counting how many columns my journal has on the page. This could be different depending on the journal, so be sure to count out 31 columns for days from the right-side so you have enough days! Next, I added the main dividers for the left-side tracking labels and the two main plotters. Finally, I added the labels and the monthly header.
I like to use color to plot and show highs and lows throughout my day. Sometimes I color things on the day I record it, other times (during the flare, especially), I just leave coloring for another time. The important thing is that I tracked, not that I colored the square. 🙂
Here’s a sample tracker I created just as an example of how it looks all filled in for the month.
I hope this helps you as much as it’s helped me and I’d love to hear from you in the comments or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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